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Salt Lake City Child Custody Attorney Fights to Keep Your Family Together

Child custody matters to you and to us

Divorce or separation is a stressful time for parents and children. When you want the best for your child, you need a family law firm that can see the whole picture and fight for your children’s rights. At Smart, Schofield, Shorter, we work with families going through this process every day, and we can help you to try to find a solution that works for your family.

The attorneys in our family law firm have years of experience guiding and advising families as they move through the divorce process and create new futures for themselves and their children.

Types of custody

There are a few different types of custody arrangements:

  • Sole legal and sole physical: One parent cares for and makes all important decisions about the child. The other parent is awarded parent time.
  • Joint legal and joint physical: Both parents care for the child physically at separate times and generally make important decisions together. Children spend more than 110 nights a year with each parent.
  • Joint legal and sole physical: Children live with one parent more than approximately 60% of the time, and get time with the other parent. Both parents make important decisions about the child together.
  • Split: Each parent is awarded sole physical custody of different children.

How parenting time is decided

Just as with every other state, when it comes to deciding matters of child custody and parenting time, Utah courts consider what is in the best interest of the child. There are several factors that are considered when trying to determine how the child’s interests will be best served including:

  • The parent’s ability and willingness to make joint decisions with the child’s best interests at heart
  • the child’s relationship with each parent
  • the degree to which both parents have participated in raising the child before the divorce
  • Any history of child abuse
  • The child’s preference
  • What custody arrangements would most benefit the child’s physical, emotional, and psychological development and needs

There is a baseline for parenting time minimums provided by the state, but parents may also agree to a different schedule that better reflects their lifestyle and the needs of the child.

Modifications to custody or parenting time

Either party may request a custody modification at any time if a substantial material change has occurred, not contemplated at the time of the Divorce Decree, and if it is in the best interests of the child(ren). Your custody order may likely require you to go through mediation before such a modification.

The parenting time schedule that you work out with your former spouse will have a significant and lasting impact on the life of your child and on your family’s life. When you work with a firm such as, Smart, Schofield, Shorter, you can be confident that our child custody lawyers will protect your child’s interests and get the results you are looking for.

Call a Salt Lake City child custody attorney with your family’s best interests in mind

When it comes to your children, you only want the best. The child custody attorneys at Smart, Schofield, Shorter understand. That’s why we offer free consultations to discuss your case. Call us at 801-747-0647 or contact us online to schedule your consultation today.

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